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Aerolite Lyndsay 10 Year Old - The Character of Islay Whisky Company

(70cl, 46%)

Aerolite Lyndsay 10 Year Old - The Character of Islay Whisky Company

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Aerolite Lyndsay 10yo Bottling Note

From The Character of Islay Whisky Company comes a mysterious Islay single malt that goes by the name Aerolite Lyndsay. The peaty whisky has been sourced from an undisclosed distillery on the island, though we have been told that the liquid was aged for 10 years in a mixture of bourbon barrels and Spanish oak sherry quarter casks, which sounds thoroughly delicious. It's bottled without any additional colouring, or any of that chill-filtration, too.

Oh, and the name? If you hadn't miraculously worked it out already, Aerolite Lyndsay is in fact an anagram of the words ‘ten year old Islay’! See what they did there? Very nifty.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Lots of maritime peat, with notes of iodine intertwined with honey sweetness, paprika, salted caramel and old bookshelves.

Palate: Smoke returns alongside mint dark chocolate, espresso and new leather, with honey and soy sauce mixed together.

Finish: Boiled mint sweeties, liquorice allsorts, bonfire smoke and toffee penny, with a pinch of salt.

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Aerolite Lyndsay 10 Year Old - The Character of Islay Whisky Company Reviews

Very good taste, and very smooth.

Peaty whisky is like marmite. You either love it or hate it.
It hits the right spot for me. Smooth, with the peaty flavour that I just love.
If Islay whisky is to your taste then you can’t do better than Aerolite Lyndsay.

18th December 2020


Rly great Islay! Such easy drinking. Dangerously easy.

17th December 2020

Onto Our Third Bottle

REALLY delicious for the regular Islay lover like myself. We've had a few bottles on the shelf in the past year or so. Helped with the lockdowns that's for sure.

17th December 2020


I have studied, imbibed, written, lectured and broadcast on malt whisky - man and boy - for over 50 years. A while back I undertook masterclasses on every distillery on Islay. This is no Islay that I would associate with the word and 'the character of Islay' is decidedly difficult to spot. OK, I am prepared to accept it may have originated from some anonymous source as the blurb says (and I am pretty sure I can hazard a guess exactly where from, because I have visited there and recognise the underlying notes), but to lump this together with the nectar that we normally associate with Islay is a bit of a travesty and will, I fear, do the island no favours.. The whisky itself is, frankly, average with no burst of phenolic flavour one would expect and a disappointedly short after-taste. Oh yes, I'll drink it. But it will be way down my list as a favourite tipple; more one I will hand to visitors who don't know the difference. I predict little appeal for this by the aficionados; more one for the collector of curiosities. Rating 4/10

12th December 2020

not quite good enough to bear the name Islay

Not an Islay whisky in its true sense. I have done a masterclass at every distillery on Islay and find this rather underwhelming. A marketing ruse methinks. Not worthy of the true Islay spirit. Sorry, stick to the basics.

10th December 2020

Buy a bottle but make sure one is left for me!!

A friend gave me a tasting set of malts and cards, yours being one of them. I had never heard of this whisky but will never forget it. I love peaty whisky and this was no exception. Many seem to burn a little on the way down but this was something else. Smooth, peaty an warming but no burn. Cold night, warm fire and a measure of this incredible pleasure. A full bottle not a taster measure beckons me I feel.

5th December 2020

Instantly likeable

Surprisingly peaty and instantly fabulous single malt. Entirely worthy of adding to any self-respecting whisky-lover’s bar.

4th December 2020

No inbetween

It’s definitely a marmite.. you either love it or hate it, there’s no inbetween. It has an acquired taste, unusual and like non I’ve tasted before. I’m pleased I’ve tried it, but after a few sips, the only flavour I taste is old leather, and I’m not sure I enjoy that taste.

30th November 2020

Much better Islays for the money

Hmmm, flat? Bland? Tastes watered down. There's no punch, no Islay blast of peat or heat. It literally tastes like watered whisky. Wanted to love it, a 10 year old Islay as my absolute favourites are Ardbeg and Laphroaig. Worth £45? Not in my opinion.

12th November 2020

Yes, it’s great.

What a fucking discovery! This is one of the nicest Islay whiskies I’ve ever had - peat, smoke and sweet, like nice ‘n’ spicy NikNaks with smoked bacon.

Already on my 10th bottle.

20th September 2020

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